Palancar Reef, Cozumel

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#1 of 171 in Wildlife in Cozumel
Must see · Reef · Geologic Formation
Home to a riotous array of tropical ocean life, Palancar Reef stands as one of the world's most renowned locations for underwater exploration. Consisting of four different coral clusters, the reef lies approximately 1 km (0.6 mi) from shore, and teems with turtles, sharks, eels, and an array of multi-colored fish. You can join a snorkeling excursion from the island in order to explore the reef's shallower stretches, while scuba divers can range to depths of up to 34 m (110 ft) and even swim through massive coral arches in some places. Either way, you'll have a great view of the reef thanks to the surrounding water's visibility of 70 m (230 ft)--among the farthest on the planet. To visit Palancar Reef and get the most from your holiday in Cozumel, create itinerary details personal to you using our Cozumel online attractions planner.
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  • I have been to the Gulf of Mexico, Dominican Republic, and several other locations, but this reef is May favorite. This trip we saw lobster, stingray, barracuda, nurse sharks, turtles, and a crazy...  more »
  • I have done this dive set 7 times. It is never the same, always terrific. I dove 2013 - 2018. The reef was closed last fall. Don't miss these dives on Palencar. They will be among your favorites...  more »

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